Source: Octane Fitness, LLC
BROOKLYN PARK, Minn., USA – Feb. 17, 2015 –The unparalleled Zero Runner from Octane Fitness, LLC has been given the Gepard award for most innovative product of the year from Sport-Tiedje, one of Europe’s largest specialty fitness retailers. Debuting in 2014, the Zero Runner offers all the benefits of running but eliminates the stressful impact to the body.
“The Zero Runner is totally unique, and gives exercisers a way to run without repetitive stress to their bodies,” said Sebastian Campmann, managing director at Sport-Tiedje, which is based in Germany and has 22 stores in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Denmark, Belgium and the Netherlands. “It has created a new category of zero-impact running, which will greatly benefit many people worldwide.”
The annual awards from Sport-Tiedje are determined by a jury of 25 people, including store managers and department heads, who evaluate hundreds of products to select winners in four categories: best supplier, best product, best service and most innovative product. Sport-Tiedje will present the award to Octane Fitness at the FIBO Trade Fair in Cologne, April 9-12.
Sport-Tiedje has more than 30 years of expertise in the fitness equipment business, with 270 employees and 6000 fitness products represented.
“Our partner for seven years, Sport-Tiedje is clearly a leader in the industry in Europe, and we are honored to again be recognized by these experts,” said Leo Schreuders, managing director of Octane Fitness’ subsidiary in Rotterdam. In 2010, Sport-Tiedje named Octane’s Q37 series of standing ellipticals the most innovative product.
The Zero Runner uses mechanical hip and knee joints that replicate human biomechanics in running, with independent pedals allowing runners to replicate their natural running gait, just like outside. Users control their motion throughout their run, and the Zero Runner follows the runner’s movement through the initiate, pull-through, lift and extension phases.
The Zero Runner offers multiple benefits:
- Run without impact – runners can add mileage without risking overuse and injury
- Race preparation – longer runs can combine miles or kilometers outside with Zero workouts to maximize stamina, maintain form and reduce impact
- Active recovery – the Zero Runner enhances conditioning but eliminates joint stress and “junk miles/kilometers”
- Cross training – CROSS CiRCUIT®, which combines running with strength training and flexibility intervals, provides the exercise selection, and runners focus on improving overall performance
- Longer career – the Zero Runner removes the harmful pounding that can limit a runner’s longevity
For more information and videos of the Zero Runner, see www.zerorunner.com.
Octane Fitness Background
Relentlessly fueled to reinvent zero-impact cardiovascular exercise, Octane Fitness has perfected the elliptical machine, introduced a new category with the xRide® recumbent elliptical, designed strength-infused cardio with the unique CROSS CiRCUIT®, created exercise in a new direction with the LateralX®, reinvented running with the Zero Runner® and is leading smarter training with SmartLink™. Defined by standout innovations, and driven to deliver more effective, efficient and rewarding workouts, Octane is engineering elliptical domination.
Sport-Tiedje, which has its headquarters in Schleswig (Germany), is Europe's largest retailer for home fitness equipment, and at the same time, one of the most prestigious online retailers for fitness equipment worldwide with 22 stores in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, the Netherlands and Denmark. The company also supplies gyms, companies, institutions, sport clubs, hotels and physiotherapists with professional equipment. The offering includes fitness products of renowned manufacturers as well as high-quality own brands totaling to over 6,000 products. In the fiscal year 2013, the company generated a turnover of EUR 45.8 million. Sport-Tiedje employs approximately 270 people. For more information, visit www.sport-tiedje.com.